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CDL Receives 2008-2009 LSTA Funding for the Local History Digital Resources Program

By Adrian Turner, CDL Data Consultant

The CDL was awarded $111,000 in grant funding through 2008-2009 from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to provide preservation and access services as part of the “Local History Digital Resources Program” (LHDRP).

The LHDRP is a multi-year (2000-present) statewide program to provide persistent public access to local history digital resources.  The project is a collaborative endeavor involving multiple supporting agencies, including the California State Library (CSL), Califa, and CDL.  The CDL publishes LHDRP collections via the Calisphere and Online Archive of California (OAC) websites, and also manages the collections for the long-term in the UC Libraries Digital Preservation Repository.  It additionally provides data consultancy services and coordinates components of the program.  Over 55 public and academic libraries, historical societies, and archives have participated in the LHDRP, and approximately 18,000 images have been made publicly available for the long-term.  In 2008-2009, ten new institutions will be participating in the program:

  • American Jewish University, Ostrow Library
  • City of Commerce Public Library
  • Coronado Public Library
  • Escondido Public Library, Pioneer Room
  • Graduate Theological Union Library
  • Mills College, F.W. Olin Library
  • San Diego State University Library, Special Collections and University Archives
  • South San Francisco Public Library
  • UC Riverside Libraries, Special Collections Department
  • Upland Public Library

The LHDRP is supported by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the LSTA, administered in California by the State Librarian.  For more information, see the CSL LSTA website ( and the LHDRP project website.